Sunday, November 19, 2006
1999 Vintage - brief update
There's little in Lynch's article we haven't heard umpteen times before, but the following paragraph has a keen irony to it, given that he is referring to the lack of opportunities for young players domestically:
"Questions are being asked about where the next generation of Mark Vidukas, Harry Kewells, Lucas Neills and Tim Cahills will come from."
Well, Mr. Lynch, three of those four über-Socceroos you mention learnt their trade at European clubs. As many young Australians are doing now, incidentally.
Given that the FFA have already announced their intention to fast-track their reserve/youth league plans, I really can't see what the youth blatherers are achieving, beyond producing a great deal of hot air.
In the space of five years, Neill went from a player in the second tier to one of the top defenders in a World Cup.
The likes of Cahill and Kennedy were almost literally unknown four years ago and I'll bet a testicle (figuratively of course) that at least 2 or 3 young players will come out of the woodwork before the next WC campaign.
Lynch has completely ignored player trends in recent Socceroos history just to support his rather questionable thesis....
He goes on to say that he then got himself back on track when he went on loan from Empoli to Ternana in around 2001 and had to drag himself out of Serie C (I think) football. Like you've said already, players really develop in club football.
Now there's and idea i'd like to see trialled.
Fom the Guardian 22/11/06
"Chinese teenagers train with Dutch club Vitesse
BEIJING, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem have invited two unheralded Chinese teenagers for a week-long trial, local media reported on Wednesday.
Yu Hai, a 19-year-old left midfielder for Chinese Super League club Xian United, and Xu Qing, a 19-year-old striker for Hubei Wuhan, arrived in Arnhem to train with Vitesse this week, Chinese news portal Sina.com said.
"We have been looking at these two players for quite a long time," Sina.com quoted Vitesse manager Jan Streuer as saying.
"If they can pass the trial, we would definitely take the negotiations further," Streuer said.
Streuer said Vitesse had been inspired to bring in Chinese talent after a friendly match between the Dutch club and Wuhan when the Chinese club visited in 2004.
The two teams' home towns, Arnhem and Wuhan, were twin cities, the report said.
Hubei Wuhan also have a partnership with English Premier League club Bolton Wanderers to develop football in Wuhan, capital of China's central Hubei province and a major industrial hub on the banks of the Yangtze river."